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Memorable Manitobans: Stanley V. Bowers (1906-1997)

Railwayman, municipal official.

Born in Alberta in July 1906, the son of Arthur Bowers (1872-?) and Esther Bowers (1875-?), he and wife, Myrtle Velma Fountain (1905-1979), married at Calgary, Alberta in 1929. The couple had one daughter and one son. They moved to Winnipeg in 1937 and he later worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway. While residing at 1861 Elgin Avenue West in Brooklands, he served as Councilor (1950-1952), Acting Mayor (1952), and Mayor of Brooklands (1952-1953). After a one-vote 1953 defeat to Daniel Harry Juba in a four-way contest, the result was overturned by County Court Judge C. B. Philp and a new by-election was called. This second head-to-head vote was lost 614 to 498. He was also President of the Brooklands Community Club. He died at the Grace Hospital on 16 July 1997 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

[“From the community clubs”], Winnipeg Tribune, 4 October 1947, page 17.

“7 Suburban Councils hold inaugural meetings [Brooklands],” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 1950, page 3.

“Bowers appointed Acting Mayor of Brooklands,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1952, page 3.

“Only fair poll turnout climaxes campaigns,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 1953, page 52.

“Brooklands Mayor faces charge,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 1953, page 3.

“Brooklands casts ballots again Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1954, page 3.

“Dan Juba Brooklands’ new Mayor,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 February 1954, page 1.

Engagements [Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Kenneth - Ronald Howard Bowers], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1956, page 11.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1979, page 54.

Winnipeg estate file PR87-01-06922, Ila Fountain, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1997, page D6.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 March 2017

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